On Becoming a University : The Sorsogon Experience
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11088 granting Sorsogon State College (SSC) a full university status effective October 26, 2018. This paved the way for the province to have its very first home grown university, a Sorsogon pride. Sorsogon State College is the former Sorsogon College of Arts and Trades (SCAT), which was founded in 1907 as the Sorsogon Provincial.
Trade School. Through the effort of Hon. Salvador H. Escudero III the school was converted into a state college by virtue of RA 7666 approved by Pres. Fidel V. Ramos on December 30, 1993.
After decades of rising up to the challenges, Sorsogon State College has become a leading resource institution of higher learning continuously promoting innovation, transformation and excellence in
education. For the past years, SSC has proven that it is ready and geared up for the challenges of reaching higher grounds. It continuously upholds quality service in realizing its mandates along instruction, research, extension and production.
True to this, the College is the first institution in the province and the Bicol region to pass the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification under the latest 9001:2015 version last December 20-
21, 2017. As it ensures quality and excellence, the College also submits its programs for assessment and evaluation of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
Deputy Speaker and Sorsogon Rep. Evelina G. Escudero persistently pushed for the conversion of SSC into a university as she values quality education for her constituents. In one of her interviews, Rep. Escudero said that to become a university is a welldeserved recognition for an institution that continuously produces topnotch graduates and has been a constant source of pride for the province.
Becoming a university entails both privilege and responsibility for the College. As there is no turning back, it shall embark on this new journey prepared for new opportunities and unseen challenges.